Vaccinating the Homebound

New Jersey has launched a new process to help individuals who are homebound to obtain COVID-19 vaccination. Homebound individuals or their caregivers can now go tohttps://covid19.nj.gov/homeboundvax, or call 1-855-568-0545, to complete a form to request in-home vaccination. Once the completed form is submitted, NJDOH will forward the form to a home health agency, local health department or other vaccination provider, and the individual who submitted the form will be contacted to schedule an in-home vaccination appointment.

Boro Vaccination Update

New Jersey's COVID-19 Vaccination Overview dashboard can be found on the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub. The dashboard is updated once daily, usually between 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the map of vaccination coverage is refreshed weekly. Current vaccination course data as of 10/2/2021 is for individuals who have received at least one dose of any vaccine and who have received a single dose from a one-dose vaccine course, e.g., the J&J vaccine, or their second dose from a two-dose course e.g. Moderna or Pfizer. Merchantville has a one dose rate of 85% age 12 and over; 81% age 18 and over; 82% age 30 and over; and, 97% age 65 and over. Merchantville's completed dose rate is 80% age 12 and over; 76% age 18 and over; 76% age 30 and over; and, 93% age 65 and over.

County Covid Reports

The Camden County Office of Emergency Management will no longer be providing a Situation Report daily via email to municipalities. The Camden County Website can be monitored for any COVID-19 updates. The most recent Weekly Situation Reports on Merchantville Borough announced 7 new cases between April 06, 2021 – April 12, 2021; 6 new cases between April 13, 2021 – April 19, 2021; and, 8 new cases between April 20, 2021 – April 26, 2021. Merchantville has added 24 cases since April 1st for a total of 344 coronavirus cases to date.

$200M School Relief

New Jersey's Department of Education will receive $2.765 billion to allocate to school districts and Camden County public schools can expect more than $200 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to get students back in buildings and on track academically after more than a year of learning disruptions. Merchantville School District is slated to receive $779,000. Disbursements to districts vary and are based on a funding formula accounting for the number of students enrolled in the district, poverty demographics and school building age.

Back in Session

Merchantville School re-opened after Spring Break on Monday, April 12th and starting today, Friday, April 16th, in-person students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade will attend 5 days a week from 8:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Their Re-Opening plans are published in English and Spanish on the school website under "News and Announcements" and through Google docs. MES plans include: new arrival and dismissal procedures, a meal distribution plan, a daily COVID-19 student screening checklist and re-opening expectations. Merchantville School is excited to be back in session doing great things with their students. 

 

December COVID Numbers Climb

Merchantville added 59 resident cases of COVID-19 in December and a total of 203 cases since March. Most recent cases include young adults under 40 and teens. Please protect yourself and others - wear a mask, stay physically distant from those you don't live with and not gathering in social groups. Camden County provided a breakdown of cases through December 31st. The aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to date is 28,768 in Camden County today and 747 total fatalities. New Jersey has counted 477,360 cumulative cases in the state since March and 17,021 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

County Vaccine Roll Out

The following information contains the the updated vaccine roll out plan for Camden County and the State of New Jersey.  Please note timelines and dates may change. Click here to download the updated vaccination plan for Camden County. Category 1A (Limited Vaccines) Persons in Health Care Settings; Category 1B Essential WorkersVaccination will begin 1/20/21; and Category 1C Vaccination will begin 2/20/21. Health Care Workers who currently fall into Category 1A in the Camden County vaccine rollout who are not associated with a hospital system can now get vaccinated at one of these three locations in Camden County: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford; Shoprite Pharmacy, Laurel Spring; and, Shoprite Pharmacy, Berlin. Vaccine Distribution Phase 2 Vaccination Expected to Begin First week of March.

County COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Dr. Paschal Nwako, Camden County Health Officer, has provided the following recommended links and documents for COVID-19 information from the CDC, the State of New Jersey and Camden County websites which is in line with our 2020 Local Board of Summit “Better Health Outcomes in Your Own Back Yard for COVID-19" and best practices. The goal is for each mayor to be in partnership with Camden County Department of Health in getting the word out and providing resources to the residents of their municipality. Resources include: COVID-19 Vaccination Communication ToolkitVaccine Roll Out Information Site from The State Of New JerseyCDC: Benefits of Getting the COVID Vaccine: Vaccine Facts, New Jersey Department of Health Communicable Disease Service WebsiteCamden County WebsiteCamden County COVID-19 Updates and ResourcesCamden County COVID-19 Dashboard, COVID-19 Vaccine Information, and Camden County Needs You: Medical Professionals Sought for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.

 

Boro Covid Cases Rise

Merchantville COVID-19 case total since March 2020 is 178. We have seen a marked increase of confirmed cases during the first two weeks of December, growing from 148 to 178 cases. This past weekend, the Borough added 10 cases: four on Saturday, 12/12 - a male in his 50s, a male in his 40s, a male in his 80s and a male in his 20s; five on Sunday, 12/13 - a male in his 30s, a female in her 30s, a female in her 40s, a female in her 70s and a female in her 20s; and one on Monday, 12/14 - a female in her 60s. Camden County added six new deaths and 1,005 additional cases caused by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) this weekend. Follow county data here. MASK UP - STOP THE SPREAD - FLATTEN THE CURVE

Cases Surging

Like most of New Jersey COVID-19 cases are climbing in Merchantville. Last weekend our numbers rose to 104 cases of Coronavirus and another six (6) this week. This represents an increase of fifteen (21) resident COVID-19 cases in less than two weeks. These new Borough cases includes every age group, especially teens and young adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The virus is beginning to spread again at an alarming rate and can only be contained if each of us take the personal responsibility and actions to control this contagious disease. MASK UP INSIDE and OUTSIDE. MAINTAIN A SAFE PHYSICAL DISTANCE. WASH YOUR HANDS. STOP THE SPREAD. 
 
 
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